Alabama Blues Project~ Helping Kids Discover their Link to the Blues 


As a mother to a boy who learned to play music by ear, this was dear to my heart. At the age of four, my son picked out the tune to Star Wars on a plastic piano. That was the beginning. Groups like these bring music to kids of all backgrounds. My son performs with one of the volunteers for this program and hopefully will help in the future. Music is the common language in the world.

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During after school hours on Monday and Tuesday afternoons you can hear the pounding of drums, rhythm of guitar, magical vocals and the occasional harmonica trailing down the halls of Martin Luther King Elementary School. Each week The Alabama Blues Project shares the rhythm and magic of music with students who apply for the program, conducted in the schools by Anna Jenks, headed by Paula Demonbreun and made possible with talented local volunteers.
“We are lucky to have talented local musicians with unique teaching styles. We can always use more help though, as we would love to see this expand,” Anna explained. The program currently runs for ten weeks in the Spring.

The program begins with a class where the kids learn blues history, particularly Alabama blues.

Music theory is introduced before they begin on instruments.

Not only do they learn history of music all the way from the Blues to the current styles they hear and sing today, but they implement math concepts through beats and measure. The kids bond together through their common interests and grow in confidence as they learn to perform.

There is emphasis on stage presence, which helps with confidence that they can carry throughout their lives. When they complete the first section of the course, they are then able to select their instrument of choice as the focus of the program.

“We allow them to change instruments during the middle of camp if they request. Better to keep their interest in the musical arts than to lose interest and a valuable musical skill,” Anna explained. “The biggest value the kids walk away from Blues camp is a love for and better appreciation of blues music.”

BJ Reed tells the kids, “The Blues are the ROOTS!”

The program provides the instruments, and welcome donations. The website makes it easy for you to make monetary donations!
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In the drumming area, the kids used drumsticks on white paint drums to practice their rhythm. Dave Crenshaw, the percussion instructor, turns 10 gallon buckets over and the students create uniform poundings of sounds. The students learn to count complex rhythms but also to improvise early in his sessions.

“One of the children, Mykian, who is ten, has really taken to the drums. He is a natural,” Anna explained.

Mykian beams as he practices on volunteer Dave Crenshaw’s full set of drums. He is in the Advanced Band, and attends the camp through another school. To see him play is motivating to anyone witnessing the magic of music.

The Camp has had visiting musicians such as Willie King, Little Jimmy Reed, Eddie Kirkland and Carroline Shines.

Mike Battito is in charge of the Advanced Band which practices simultaneously with the camp.

B.J. Reed, who also volunteers in area schools, leads the kids in vocals and cheers them on, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone.

Dave Crenshaw teaches drums. College students also get involved in the program. Dana, a college volunteer has been working with the current group.

At the end of the Spring After-School Blues Camp the budding musicians perform in front of family and friends to share their new discovered talents.


The Advanced Band participated in a performance at the Transportation Museum March 15th and will be performing in Tuscaloosa’s Got Talent in April.

Go to alabamablues.org to see how you can get involved or donate to this incredible cause with

local roots. You may call 205-752-6263 or email at paula@alabamablues.org for more

information.

Photos and Story By Allison Adams 

 

Holy Spirit School presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’


 

My neighbor happens to be the director of this musical, Annie McClendon~

I was amazed and am including all photos I can. I also did one of the sets for them. I don’t have children at this school..but anything to help a friend.

Holy Spirit School’s Fine Arts department presented Disney’s rendition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland Jr. on November 15 and 16. The production was directed by Liz Berta, with music direction by Anne McClendon and choreography by Kate Berta. A packed house was on hand for opening night. Maggie McGuire played the main character of Alice, with Maria Phelps as Tall Alice and Madalyn Mitchell as Small Alice. Emily Mitchell performed in her thirteenth production performance as Rabbit.

Other cast members in Holy Spirit’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. included: Henry Pitts (Dodo), Kate Berta (Doorknob), Zan Jones (lead Caterpillar), Allie Albea (Cardsman), Brooke Bassett (Cardsman/Fish), Thomas Berta (Cardman/Lobster), Elizabeth Boykin (Flower/Tea Party), Ava Cicatiello (Flower/Tea Party), Pearl Davis (Two of Clubs), Eva Farrish (Flower), Cailyn Garrett (Flowers/ Tea Party), Taylor Higdon (Mushroom), Alyssa Higdon (Mushroom), Norah Hope (Caterpillar Body), Maddie Kirkland (Mushroom), Charli Kyser (Flowers/Tea Party), Catherine Kung (Flowers/Tea Party), Avery Lake (Lobster/ Cardsman), Sophie Livaudais (Caterpillar Body), Sarah Martin (Caterpillar Body), Sadie

McClendon (Tea Party/ Octopus), Bailey McLaurine (Mushroom), Mindy Mitchell (Flowers/ Tea

Party), Sailey Nichols (Lobster/Cardsmen), Dillan Olvera (Lobster/Cardmen), Anna Robbins

(Mushroom), Kate Robbins (Mushroom), Elizabeth Shore (Sea Creature/Cardsmen), Marie

McKane (Cheshire Cat 1), Nichole Louw (Cheshire Cat 2), Lisa Maggi (Cheshire Cat 3), Kate

Pitts (Tweedle Dee), Anna Pitts (Tweedle Dum), Danika Louw (Marche Hare), Mary Hope (Mad

Hatter), Reese Seale (Queen of Hearts), Sarah Williamson (Matilda), Rebecca Melton (Daisy),

Olivia Melton (Rose), Madison Dunton (Petunia), Izzy Sullivan (Violet), Audrey Shore (Tea

Party), Cecilla Walker (Lobster/Cardmen), Aden Walton (Caterpillar Body), and Berkley Young

(Flowers/ Tea Party).

Our neighbor and Ann Kats best friend in the hood is the little blue creature.

Our neighbor and Ann Kats best friend in the hood is the little blue creature.

Many volunteers helped make this production a great success, including the crew: Donny Mills, Ryan

Rainwater, Kiersten Schellhammer, Kat Robertson, Olivia Kapera, Leah Clark, Marian Cook,

Blanca Muniz, and Zach Davis.

The actors ranged in age from six years old to senior students, and the choreography was impressive. All of the age groups blended together beautifully with the help of stage manager Augusta Elebash.

The lighting design/tech direction by Donny Mims and Ryan Rainwater gave dimension and

made you forget you were in a school gymnasium. The sets and stages were all built for the production. Sets were created by the director and music director, parents who created costumes, friends and the Holy Spirit art department students.

This was the backdrop I painted. You can't have Alice without a BIG mushroom. These were painted on four foam core panels similar to the stuff that wreaked havoc in real estate in the 90's.

This was the backdrop I painted. You can’t have Alice without a BIG mushroom. These were painted on four foam core panels similar to the stuff that wreaked havoc in real estate in the 90’s.

Sponsors included Brian Prince Transmissions, Simply Twistin, Boyd’s Hairstyling, Body

Works Salon and Boutique, We Service Autos, Legal Shield, Stuart D. Albea Attorney, Norris

Radiator & Service Center, Southeaster Spine and Joint Specialist, Tuscaloosa Ear Nose and

Throat Center, Violins by Ray Leicht, University of Alabama Community Music School, Allison

Adams (painted mushroom set), LOS Construction and Roofing, Paragon Management Group, and Bama Bounders.

Photos: Allison Adams

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Video images helped create magical transitions.

Video images helped create magical transitions.

 

 

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Summer Camps in Alabama Area


 

Summer Camp. Ah, the memories!  Every child should experience it. We all remember the uncertainty that initially hit us as we watched our parents ride away, leaving us for what they assumed to be “a part of growing up”. At pickup we didn’t want to leave what would perhaps become one of the most incredible experiences of our lives.

Summer camp these days is as varied as the children who attend. There is something for everyone. 

Listed are a number of great options, from local Tuscaloosa Camps, Regional, to camps in other states that Tuscaloosa area kids regularly attend.

Local Specialty Day Camps

DANCE

Academy of Ballet and Jazz, Open All Summer. Instructor Susu Hale Prout, Age 18 mo-adult, Mommy and Me, Pre-school, and intensives. 205-752-5124,  www.danceabj.com

The Dance Center, One week workshops beginning June 2. Ages 3-5 (Monday-Friday, 9-12:00)

Little Princess Camp: June 16-20; Broadway Babies- July 14-18; Ages 6-8 (M-F, 9-12:00);

“Angelina Ballerina”- June 2-6; “Pop Diva” Camp— July 7-11; Ages 7-10: “Tutus and Tilts”- June 23-27 (M-F 9-12); “Camp Radio Disney”- July 21-25 (M-F: 1-4PM).

TDC Summer Intensive Workshop with Guest Faculty: Week 1: June 9-13; Week II- July 28-Aug.1 (M-T, 10-6 PM). 205-752-5354, http://www.thedancecentre.net/

MJ’s Academy of Dance, Mary Jo Thompson, Summer Session: June 9-July 17. All styles and levels of dancing at affordable prices. Weekly Classes (all ages) $60 for 6 week session (meet once a week), $50 for each additional weekly class per session and sibling discounts. Dance Camps $136. Tights and Tiaras (Age 3-6) June 2-6:8-12, July 21-25, 8-12. Pop Idols (Age 7-11) June 2-6 8-12, July 21-25, 8-12. Dance Intensives: Age 11 and up) TBA. Pre-register 205-343-7757, dancemjs@gmail.com, www.mjsacademy.com

Hillcrest Shopping Center, 6521 Hwy. 69 S. Suite K, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.

THEATRE

The ACT Summer Theatre Production Camp, July 21-26 9-2PM, all ages, cost $235. Geared for fun! T’shirt, script, lunches, and snack included. Performing at the Historic Bama Theatre. Workshops include songs, choreography, blocking and lines. 205-393-2800. www.theactonline.com

Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre and Theatre Tuscaloosa join to present Theatre Camp 2014. Acting, improv, music, movement, audition techniques, technical theatre ending in a showcase performance June 27. Beginner or veteran will have lots of fun. K-11th grade. Drew Baker: thebakers35406@att.net or 205-310-8010/ 205-391-2277.

GYMNASTICS

Bama Bounders Gymnastic Camps and Classes

Erin Holdefer-Kightlinger owner. Open to all ability levels. Skills taught in vault, bars, beam and floor for girls as well as rings, parallel bars, high bar, pommel horse, vault and floor for boys. 

Full day and half day camp dates beginning June 2-Aug. 4

Gold Stars Camp- M-F 8-4pm, Girls and boys 5-14. Gymnastics, swimming, dance, games arts and crafts, Pizza Fridays, movies. 

Silver Stars Camp-M-F, 8-12, Girls and boys age 5-14, gymnastics, games, arts and crafts and more.

Bronze Stars Camp-M-F, 8-12, Girls and Boys age 3-5 (potty trained) Gymnastics, games, art projects, stories.

Before and after care available for additional fee. 

Preschool Playtime, Parent’s Night Out, Birthday Parties and Field Trips available. 205-722-2436, www.thebamabounders.com

FITNESS

Northridge Fitness Kid’s Strength Camp. 3 Days per week, age 11-15. Principles of proper body mechanics, developing core strength, weigh lifting safety. 205-752-1201, www.northridgefitness.net.

MARTIAL ARTS

Tiger Rock Martial Arts- 6 days a week for Martial Arts classes and four locations. Limited Number of spots for a “Train all Summer Program”. Tuscaloosa: 759-4711, Northport: 339-7071, Hillcrest: 343-6449.

SPORTS

University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp

Two weeks of overnight camp and day camp:  Directed by Head Men’s Tennis Coach, George Husack, Women’s: Jenny Mainz, and Assistant Men’s Coach: Ryler DeHeart. Ages 9-18 (all levels) 8:30am-4pm. June 1-5/ June 8-12. Fundamentals of tennis to enhance skills. Evening activities games on the quad, swimming, movies, swimming and other activities. 30 courts outdoors and indoor facilities in case of rain. Check in: 3:00-4:00 Sunday at UA Varsity Stadium- dressed to play. Day Campers depart that afternoon at 6:30 after check in, evaluation and pizza party. Check out: Graduation: 3:00 pm Thursday at UA Varsity Stadium. Parents invited. 800-645-3226. www.USSportsCamps.com

University of Alabama Sports Camps: Offers a number of camps and clinics for the sports enthusiast, including 

Baseball Camp ~ Crimson Tide Experience Elite 40, June 30-July 2- $775. and summer youth baseball camps ranging from $140-225. http://collegebaseballcamps.com/bama

Cheer/ Dance Camp- Elementary Camps; Nick Saban Camp; Gymnastics Camp; Soccer Camp; Softball Camp; Swimming and Diving Camp; Tennis Camp (see above); Volleyball Camp; 

Go to the site for full information on all camps with links:

www.rolltide.com/camps/alab-camps.html

ART

Brushstrokes Summer Art Camps 

Sessions in June and July. June 2-12 (12:30-2:30 or 3:00-5:00) , June 16-26 (12:30-2:30), July 7-17 (12:30-2:30 or 3:00-5:00), July 21-31,(12:30-2:30), Teen Camp June 5,12,19,26,July 19,17, (Thurs. 9:30-11:30). $185.00 per student. $20 deposit. 205-657-0199, www.annsbrushstrokes.com/summer-camps/

COOKING 

On A Roll@ Fifth and Main, Northport. Young Chef’s Cooking Camp, M-F, July 7-11, July 21-25: 3:30-5:30. $200, includes supplies and ingredients and fun loving instruction in a safe, controlled environment. Chefs 9 years and up. 205-247-7773, Email: info@onarollnorthport.com

ALL AROUND CAMP FUN~

The Capitol School

Contact them for activities and flexible schedules. Summer Explorations 2014 with 2-week sessions of educational topics from June 2-August 8. Ages 2.5-18 years. Opens at 7:30 for working parents. Morning classes 8-noon, afternoon 1-5. Tuition $200 for 40 hours. Session 1: June 2-13, Session 2: June 16-27, Session 3: June 30-July 11 (July 4 Holiday), Session 4: July 14-25, Session 5: July 28-August 8. High School Term: June 9-July 31.

Located on historic Capitol Park at 2828 Sixth Street near downtown Tuscaloosa. 205-758-2828. Enroll online for Summer Explorations at www.thecapitolschool.com 

Children’s Hands-On Museum

CRAZY DAZE of Summer. Nine Weeks (50 days of crazed fun!) Kid Karaoke, Dueling Basketballs, Skee Ball, Foos-Ball, Air Hockey. LEGO CAMP. Fun events on special days.

Like on Facebook. www.chomonline.org

FLUM- Forest Lake United Methodist Church

Weekday Kids Program Summer Camp, Grade 1-7 where they can “Just Be a Kid”. 

Arts and Crafts, Daily Devotions, Bowling and Movie field trips, swimming, water days at Shelby Park, Games, Sports, Skating onsite, free t-shirt if enroll by 5/1/14. June 2 – August 1/ 14, 7:30-5:30 PM. $50 enrollment fee, $95/week or $25/day. Includes two snacks/day, supplies and field trips. 205-758-6623, Email: WDKSummerCamp@hotmail.com

Wee Camp (pre-K – 4) Field trips, on site activities. 

PARA-KIDS Summer Day Camp

Grades K-8 grade: Belk, Faucett, Miller and Phelps Centers, 7:30-5:45 PM, M-F.  Single day to weekly. $30 registration, Daily fee $27 or $81/ week. Activities: Exercise programs, swimming, archery, skating, bowling, softball, kickball, inflatables, arts and crafts, Riverworks Discovery and butterfly studies, Field Trips: Lake Lurleen and Alabama Adventure Park.Melinda Wiggins 205-562-3230, mwiggins@tcpara.org ,                                                                                    http://www.tcpara.org/page/35/day_camp_youth_events.html

Tuscaloosa Academy – Summer Knights Program

Ages 3-rising 8th graders. Also a program for ages 3-K taught by certified staff with special activities to help their development. Summer Adventure grades 1-8. Enrichment and Sports camp activities for the budding chef or sports enthusiast with camps teaching sports skills, express their creativity and stretch their minds. Half Day and Full Day from 7:30-5:30. 205-758-4462 ext. 513, summerknights@tuscaloosaacademy.org,  summerknights@tuscaloosaacademy.org.

Tuscaloosa Barnyard~ Summer Day Camp

Come learn about life on the farm away from TV and video games. Activities: Taking care of animals, boat ride, fishing, games, farm movies, hay rides, pony rides, horse training, arts and crafts, games, learning about nature. Slow paced environment. Kami:  205-248-0773. Space limited: 50% due at time of sign up.  www.tuscaloosabarnyard.com

MUSIC

The Community Music School (CMS)

School of Music at the University of Alabama Moody Music Building. University faculty and area professionals. Pre-K to all ages. Private Lessons age 5-adult: piano, band, orchestra, guitar, ukulele, organ, voice, French, Spanish. Offered June-July.

Kindermusik: Age 0-17mo,Age 18M-3Y, Age 4-6Y, Morning or afternoon, June-early July.

Camps:  Violin, Piano Camp OR Ukulele Camp Age 5-8:(One week: June 2-6 or July 28-Aug. 1-9:30-noon, $85); Kids Yoga; Beginning Guitar or Drums Camp-Age 8-12: (One week: June 2-6 or July 28-Aug. 1-9:30-noon, $85); Intro to Violin Camp Age 9-12: June 2-6, $85.

Musical Camp: Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn July 14-25, 9-noon M-F. 

Organizational Meeting 7/13, 6 PM. Show with speaking parts, solos, ensemble cast, songs, dialogue, costumes, staging, accompaniment. Practice CD included: $160.

Summer String Camp~ Grade 4-9. July 28-August 2, M-F: 8:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30-concert at 1. For students already playing instruments and able to read four strings and play in several keys. Teacher recommendation required. Snack prov., bring lunch. $250.

For info. call 205-348-6741, www.music.ua.edu/community-music-school.

Tuscaloosa Piano Studio, beginners age 5-11, July 14-18. Meets from 9-12 daily. Groups according to age. Recital at 11:00 on Friday. Cost: $120. which includes book. 205-454-7463.

Crimson Music Camps: Jazz Improvisation and Marching Percussion Camp: June 12-15; Band, Piano and Vocal/ Choral/ Opera Camp: June 15-20. bands.ua.edu/programs/crimson-camp, Heath Nails at jhnails@ua.edu205-348-6068.

LEARNING

The Long Weekend- Summer Multimedia Journalism- June 13-15, grades 6-12. $125. Teach creative and effective ways to communicate through writing, exploring magazines, yearbooks, literary magazines, broadcast programs. June 6 deadline for registration. asps.ua.edu. Meredith Cummings: aspa@ua.edu, 348-ASPA. 

Sylvan Learning Center ~ Writing, mathematics, study skills, specialty classes for state exams. 205-345-7676.

Tuscaloosa Public Library Summer Reading Program

All are FREE

Tommy Johns- Magic: Tuesday June 3, 2014: Weaver Bolden Branch: 9:30, Main Branch- 2pm, Wed. June 4: Main Library- 9:30, Brown Branch- 2pm http://tommyjohnspresents.com

Tom Foolery- Juggler- Tuesday, June 19, 2014: Weaver Bolden Branch- 9:30, Main library-2pm,

Wed. June11, Main library: 9:30, Brown Branch- 2 pm

Summer Safety Programs: Tues. June 17: Weaver Bolden Branch- 9:30, Main-2pm, 

Wed. June 18, Main- 9:30 am, Brown Branch- 2 pm

Kit Killingsworth- Bubble Fun: Tuesday July 15: Weaver Bolden Branch- 9:30 am, Main-2pm,

Wed. July 16: Main- 9:30 am, Brown Branch-2pm

Dr. Magical Balloons- Magic and Storytelling: Tues. July 22: Weaver Bolden Branch- 9:30am, Main- 2pm; Wed. July 23: Main 9:30 am, Brown Branch- 2pm. http://www.drmagicfun.com

4-H Animal Programs: Tues. July 29: Weaver Bolden-9:30 am, Main-2pm, 

Wed. July 30:Main-9:30, Brown Branch-2pm http://www.aces.edu/main/

The Bama Theatre: Movie Friday, Aug. 1: 10 am, doors open 9:30

Tuscaloosa Public Library, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, 205-345-5820,

www.tuscaloosa-library.org/

Alabama Museum of Natural History ~  History Expedition 36

Middle School Week: Grade 6-8) June 9-14; High School Week (Grade 9-12) June 16-24; Public Camp Week (all ages) June 23-28, museum.programs@ua.edu.

June- August Programs with Summer Field Trips including tubing, caving, fossil-hunting, canoeing in various areas around the state for families, students and children over the age of 10. Transportation and equipment provided. 205-348-7550. 

July 11: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip; July 12: Canoeing on Bear Creek; July 15: Tubing the Little Cahaba River; July 17: Canoeing the Coosa River; July 19: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip; July 29: Tubing the Little Cahaba River; July 31: Canoeing North River; August 1: Canoeing the Coosa; August 2: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip; August 9: Shark’s Tooth Fossil Trip

Summer Camps at AMNH. Art Day Camp: June 2-6

Discover art and science for grades 3-5. Sculpture, painting and photography. 

Art Day Camp June 2-6,  Science Day Camp: July 21-25; email: museum.programs@ua.edu. 205-348-7550. Space is limited. 

Alabama Summer Computer Camps,Dept of Computer Science High School: July 21-25, July 28-Aug 1, Middle School: Aug 4-8 (includes computer, robotics, smartphone apps with App Inventor at the high school camps. outreach.cs.ua.edu/camps

Dr. Jeff Gray at gray@cs.us.edu 205-348-2847.

Camp Cash

College of Environmental Sciences, ages 11-14. Management skills, experiencing college life, enhancing confidence and self esteem, investing, insurance, wealth accumulation, and credit. Snacks, Camp T’shirt. Application at ches.ua.edu

Jan Brakefield, jbrakefi@ches.ua.edu205-348-8722.

CAMPS Within Driving Distance:

Lake Forest Ranch

Interdenominational Christian co-ed camp in East Central Mississippi on 60 acre Shadow Lake. (less than two hours from Tuscaloosa) Theme: Building Relationships for Eternal Impact. Activities: horseback riding, wild ride water tube, low and high ropes course, basketball, gym games, tennis, beach volleyball, swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, archery, frisbee golf, game room/ arcade, paint ball course for teens, Bible Studies. Rick Malone: 662-726-5052, www.lakeforestranch.com.

Moundville Archaeological Park- Indian Day Camp

Session 1: June 2-6, Session 2: July 28-August 1. Ages 9-13. For kids interested in Native American arts and way of life. Focus on weaving, pottery, gourd crafts, hiking, gathering wild foods, touring museum and park, storytelling and sampling authentic Native American cuisine. From Tuscaloosa, a bus will meet at Smith Hall at the University of Alabama at 8:30 returning at 4:30 PM. Cost $200 per child per week. 205-371-8732, almorrow2@ua.edu , http://moundville.ua.edu

McWane Center- Summer Camps. Various topics each week with some overnight options. Morning sessions (9-12:30 and afternoon 1:00-5:00). 205-714-8414. http://www.mcwane.org/camps_and_more/camps/summercamp.

Nike Golf Camp~ Samford University, Birmingham Age 10-18. Overnight ($935)and Day Camp ($595)from 8:30-5pm. Hoover Country Club. July 20-24. 800-NIKE-CAMP. 

Riverview Camp for Girls: Mentone (3 hours from Tuscaloosa). Christian camp, ages 6-16. Cabins with bathrooms and showers. Photos downloaded each day of campers. Directors: Susan and Dr. Larry Hooks. Offers Mother-Daughter Weekends in April and August. 800-882-0722. Jennifer Fisher- Tuscaloosa’s Representative: ent3@comcast.net

 www.riverviewcamp.com

Camp Skyline Ranch- Mentone. Girls Christian Camp for ages 6-16. Various sessions. $3,217. for two weeks, 1725. for one week. June 8-August 1 (see website for session information). Arts and Crafts, Horseback Riding, Swimming, Archery, Dance, and other activities.  800-448-9279, www.campskyline.com

Space Camp- Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, Grades 4-6 (age 9-11). Summer $979/ person. Climbing wall, simulator, Spacedome Theater and Digital Theater. Begins on Sunday and ends on Friday Morning.Various topics from robotics, Space Academy, Aviation Challenge, to Day camps. See the site:  www.spacecamp.com/

Xcelerate Nike Girls Lacrosse Camp at Auburn University, Youth and High School , June 25-28. Age 10-18 Girls. 800-NIKE-CAMP.

ZooFari Camp at the Birmingham Zoo~ Grades 4K-8th Grade. 8:30-3:30 pm. May 27-Aug. 15, weeklong camps. Ranges from $200-260. Visit their site at www.birminghamzoo.com/education/ or 205-397-3877 or email education@birminghamzoo.com.

EQUESTRIAN

Valley View Ranch, A’top Lookout Mountain, Cloudland, Georgia. Six Sessions June – August ranging from $1500-2950. Limited to 60 girls. Hunt Club, Vaulters,Barrels, English, Stock Seat, Pony Club (younger campers). www.valleyviewranch.com, 706-862-2231.

National Programs:

JH Ranch ~ A camp teaching practical Christian Principles for everyday life. Headquarters in Birmingham. Ranch in California ~ http://jhranch.com/dates, Business Office :402 Office Park Drive, Suite 310, Birmingham, AL 35223, Toll Free: 1.800.242.1224

Jamey Abersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops, Louisville, Kentucky, $595.

  http://workshops.jazzbooks.com/, Workshops of varying levels in Jazz studies, 812-944-8141.

 

May 2013 Special Days to Celebrate


May 2013 Special Days to Celebrate Calendar.

If you are like me, you are counting the days until Summer!

Hopefully time will appear to slow down and you will find yourself somewhere beside some water or with your toes in the sand.

Well, while the kids are peering at you from between the water toys and the magazines, pull this calendar out (there is one for every month) thanks to Family Crafts and tell them to let their creativity soar.

And on May 10! There is something for YOU to cheer about! National Clean up Your Room Day!

I will be sure to put balloons on the mailbox for that one!

Every day can begin with some kind of celebration! It does’t have to be “just another day”.

The link above will lead you to peruse the pages of the site where this was created  and you and the fam can CELEBRATE everyday in happYmess!

 

 

A Night OUT on the Town ~ Blog a Day Theme


I took this as a literal “NIGHT OUT/ NIGHT OFF” 🙂

This entire weekend I have celebrated BABIES.

Saturday night I went to a CHUGGIES AND HUGGIES shower. I remember those days when I was much younger and even the wedding showers were all “brew” themed.

I must be getting older because after time around the fire, a piñata, and treats from a hot dog truck (such a cute party idea) at this one, instead of karaokeing with the young crowd, we went home and went straight to sleep.

Today on Sunday (yes, I did skip yesterday’s blog, but not off topic) I went to ANOTHER BABY SHOWER. Love was surely in the area about APRIL/ MAY for my friends, both due in January.

And to stay on TODAY’S THEME OF FAMILY, I will stick to the hope and promise for my sweet friends beginning theirs.

I remember my first little muffin as he tried to come out backwards. Thank GOD for epidurals. He took about eight hours to arrive, but a soon as I saw him I forgave him for all of the mashing those nurses did  on my belly to help push him into this world. We were mesmerized, he was all that mattered, all life stopped for at least a week as we cooed and gooed over him. We had started a family.

Babies bring promise, and a sense of purpose. When we create these magical little beings, all crisis at work, the environment, the to-do’s, the cleaning, the laundry, go to the back burner.  At least they do for a tiny time, a tiny magical time before attempting to get them on schedule, figure out why they are crying, how to attach those diapers, and keeping them on a sleep/ feeding routine without the help of the nanny. I remember crying as she left through the front picket fence. It slammed shut behind her and my world fell apart. Until the next day, when I realized, I could do this!

Those are the triumphs we remember. The triumphs that come when we realize we can overcome anything, even playing second fiddle to something much smaller than we are who quickly consumes our world. I think someone brought me a little happy one afternoon (thanks Sonya) but for the most part, even now at age 19, he is center stage. I look back at how fast it all went by, like sand in my hands, the harder I grasped it, the faster it slipped away.

All three of our children are so different, with unique traits and gifts. It is something I love, to see all the things we desired to do, come naturally to them, each in unique ways. It is the way God designed life. The things we cannot do, they take the ball and run with. This from a woman who has tried to play guitar both left handed and right. Both ways I scriggle my tongue and can’t figure out how to reach the frets. He picked it up and plays it about as well as that piano he is studying to master in college. His sister plays by ear and sings beautifully. The “baby” who is seven, doesn’t play instruments and is one belt away for her black belt at seven and is more organized than I am, making herself lists each morning.

I look forward to the next chapter of our family, and I guess in the not too distant future these baby showers I am experiencing again with friends will be those for my children. Wow grandmother. That is a thought I will have to ponder over a glass of wine and lots of sleep. I am now able to sleep whenever I like (minus commotion from a dog or two). That is surely the luxury that does NOT come with babies.

SWEET DREAMS!

Allison

i even mastered the “diaper cake”~

Legacy~ A Daily Blog Post for #bloglikecrazy


 Legacy. The pastor of my church has been talking about legacy for the past month. Regardless of your religious beliefs I think we should all be thinking about the kind of legacy we want to leave behind. So how do you want to be remembered and what are you doing about it today? Javacia #bloglikecrazy
Legacy
I look around at all of the things I have wanted to do, the projects, the books undone, the artwork I am yet to try, the scrap book started, the photo albums, the journals (from the time I was five). 
Unfortunately right now my legacy would be a mess of stuff to sort through or throw out.
We all have a unique makeup and a legacy, according to Charles Wale’s book called Designed for Fulfillment on Redemptive Gifts. His book, has not only given me freedom to realize I was destined and designed in a unique design as everyone is.
 According to just a few of the answers to my personality questionnaire I was designed to
  1. be a fighter for the underdog, and have a large range of emotions,
  2. be intuitive about people sometimes to my detriment as judgemental and am committed to truth,
  3. be a visionary and have more creative ideas than I could ever possibly achieve, (that one was a relief)
  4. demonstrate zeal, passion, impulsiveness and verbal expressiveness.
If you have ever found you are not like those around you and have apologized for being different, perhaps you should dig deeper into your personality. 
MAYBE you were destined to be the way you are for a reason! How refreshing to find that while I was unlike those around me, there is a definite plan for those traits and a reason for those that are not so desirable as well as a plan for me to work through them so that I can fulfill my little portion of purpose on this earth.
I don’t know what my legacy is and I don’t know if I am supposed to specify it. If I do that, I might miss something much better!
I encourage you to dig deeper into who you are, why you have those unique fingerprints that NO OTHER ON EARTH has. When you find that, your legacy will fall in line and there will be no reason to think or dwell on it.
After all, as human as the world is, you can go through life with TONS of good intentions, but if they are hurt, they will never see what you were trying to do. They will only see you, and your legacy, through their own filters.
It is not our place to try to direct that….only let it play out as God intends.
So for now, I am still excavating deeper into who I am while I am here. The legacy is yet to be seen.
Allison Adams
as part of #bloglikecrazy with daily prompts 

Play in the DOUGH


CREATIVITY BLOG LIKE CRAZY A DAY
doesn’t ALWAYS have to be about PAINTING
Get out your crescent rolls and play in them!
(hot dog inside makes it even yummier with a dab of mustard!)
Make the kids smile at a crocodile!
How do I know it is indeed a croc?
I don’t! Who cares!
But I know the kids were smiling!